Ephesians 4:17, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind”
Webster defines the word trust as a basic dependence on someone or something, belief that something will happen or someone will act is a prescribed way. If you think about it, every day we make choices about whom we are going to trust. Do we go along with the opinions of ungodly people described by the apostle Paul as “the rest of the Gentiles” who walk “in the futility or vanity of their mind”? Or do we live as Christ taught us to live, in “righteousness and true holiness”? (Ephesians 4:24).
Sometime ago I read an article that appeared in a national magazine quoting a sociologist who had concluded on the basis of some interviews, that infidelity can be good for a marriage. To believe that conclusion would be to walk as the world walks (which is contrary to Romans 12:2), trusting man more than God. However, God didn’t leave any room for guesswork on this subject. He said, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). So, whom do we trust?
(1) A researcher, who asked 800 married men what they think? Or
(2) God, our Creator, who instituted marriage, and who knows what is best for us?
As we go through life, we will meet many people who operate “in the futility of their mind.” Because their life without God has no divine bearings, they can’t help themselves or others as they wobble around looking for answers. If you are born again into the family God, you shouldn’t allow them to lead you astray. Thus, doing the right thing is a matter of trusting the right Person. John 14:1 puts it this way, “Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God, trust also in me”. When Peter walked on the water with Jesus he was doing well until he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the waves. The same is true of us today. God can get us through the most impossible situations but we must keep our focus and trust on Him and not man.
While writing this devotional my thoughts went to the book of Joshua. Of the many characters named in this book, my thoughts were of the harlot Rahab, who had a noteworthy faith and trust in the Lord. Although it seemed incredible that Joshua’s unequipped army would be able to break down or scale the walls of Jericho, she remembered what God had done for the Israelites in the past. So she put her trust in Israel’s God by protecting the spies, and by staking her future on the hope that God would do what seemed impossible. Her trust involved the past, the present as well as the future. In the past, we know God has proven His love and power in giving His Son to die for our salvation (Romans 5:8) and by bringing Him back to life (Romans 1:4). My beloved, today:
(1) He speaks to us through His Word (Hebrews 1:1-4),
(2) He hears our prayers (Matthew 7:7-11),
(3) He provides grace in the trials we face daily (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), and
(4) For the future He promises us (if we are a child of His) that we will live with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17). God wants you to trust Him.
The opinion of man is no substitute for the Eternal Word of God, our Creator.